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An Australian air safety group claims that Yogyakarta International Airport was operating illegally with no valid license at the time Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 crashed, killing 21. They also accuse two other airports of similar violations and three official bodies of keeping it from public knowledge.


An additional 28 survivors from the MV "Princess of the Stars" are found but there are still more than 800 missing from the vessel that sunk during Typhoon Fengshen.

Rescuers scoured theseas around a capsized ferry in the Philippines on Monday formore than 800 people missing after it sank two days ago, as theofficial death toll from a typhoon rose to about 160.

2008 Wimbledon Championships

The 2008 Wimbledon Championships begins in London.

Morgan Tsvangirai

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai seeks refuge in Dutch Embassy.

It will be impossible for Zimbabwe to hold a free and fair run-off election on Friday amid violent assaults on the opposition and such a poll will not legitimize the government of President Robert Mugabe, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday.


The European Union agrees to new sanctions against Iran including a freeze on the assets of Bank Melli, Iran's largest bank, over the refusal to curb its nuclear program.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rules that Hozaifa Parhat, a Chinese Uyghur militant currently detained at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, cannot be ruled an "enemy combatant" because he never took up arms against the United States.

U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States refuses to hear an appeal of eminent domain eviction notices in connection with the Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn, New York City.


China fires twelve officials for misconduct in the Sichuan earthquake relief effort.


In Serbia, the Milošević-founded Socialist Party is to join the coalition led by the pro-Western Democratic Party which came to power in 2007 elections.

Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan and leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (N), is found ineligible by a court to stand in upcoming by-elections.

International Whaling Commission

The 2008 meeting of the International Whaling Commission begins in Santiago, Chile.


Malaysia releases Buhary Syed Abu Tahir, a leading business associate of Pakistani nuclear scientist A. Q. Khan.